Natural Resource Assessments

We work with property owners developers of commercial, industrial, or large residential properties to ensure comprehensive compliance with ecological regulations.

Our multi-discipline team of biologists, geologists, environmental scientists and engineers provide our clients with the guidance needed to protect their investments in balance with environmental protection.

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Natural Resource Regulatory Assessments

Prism is experienced in performing comprehensive Natural Resource Regulatory Assessments in support of potential development projects for commercial, industrial, or large-scale residential properties.  Our comprehensive knowledge of regulatory restrictions plays a key role in determining property values and potential economic use.   Our ecological services include assessments for plants, animals, dunes, shorelines, and wetlands.

Threatened & Endangered Species

We perform Threatened & Endangered Species assessments in accordance with the Endangered Species Protection Act.  Our services include a review of historical presence of a species in the area of the property, an investigation of favorable conditions for a species to exist, field inspections looking for endangered species and plants, and mapping.

Bluff & Sand Dune Assessments

Critical Sand Dune Assessments are required for any activities performed in an area designated as a Critical Sand Dune Area under Michigan's Part 353 program (Sand Dune Protection and Management).  Prism performs historical research and reviews the designated critical dune maps.  We also perform a site inspection and mark slopes over 33-degrees that may be encountered during development activities.

Shoreline Erosion Assessments

Areas of high risk erosion correspond to shoreline areas that have historically eroded at a rate of 1-foot per year or greater as a result of water/storm activity. Prism provides interpretation of the areas of high risk erosion that are designated by the state.  We also guide property owners in setback surveys for permanent structures, closely considering bluff angle and physical conditions.